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How to Find Your Mission in Life

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Now in Paperback!In this intimate treasury of wit and wisdom, Richard Bolles, author of the job-hunting bible: WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?, explores the spiritual aspects of finding one’s place in the work world. For anyone who has ever wondered how to make the most of their unique natural gifts, or how to find a vocation that is both socially responsible and personally ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Ten Speed Press (first published December 1st 1991)
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Nov 16, 2010 Dianne rated it did not like it
I requested the very well-respected What Color Is Your Parachute? from the library, and they mistakenly sent me this (fortunately slim) volume of insulting nonsense instead. I decided to give it a quick glance, and all I can say is that this book will be useless to you if you are an agnostic or atheist. Bolles pays lip service to the notion that secular readers can read his book and benefit from it. But since the word "God" appears multiple times on every page, it is hard to escape that conclusi ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This little book is pleasantly deep and thought-provoking. I was surprised to see that 1) it was written by the same author as the "What Color is Your Parachute?" career advice book and 2) he is a committed Christian. He chose to answer the question of "mission" in a book separate from the secular, career-counselor perspective of the other book because he believes that he cannot separate his faith from an exploration of calling.

What was particularly encouraging to me is that he feels we have 3 a
I am rewriting my review of this book because I did not give Bolles and his book the credit they deserve in my life.

This short little book changed my life when I first read it twenty years ago. Richard Nelson Bolles wrote a very popular book, What Color Is Your Parachute, which I knew well since our library bought copies every year. I had not needed to use that book because I had been fortunate in my job hunting. However, I had noticed the section in the Parachute book, "Finding your mission in
Mar 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
This is a really short read from Richard Nelson Bolles, who is a Christian author & also wrote the other job-hunting book "What Color Is Your Parachute?" I really like how he uses eating as a metaphor to finding your mission (mainly your job) in life. The 3 stages in eating are drinking milk from your mom or a bottle, eating strained baby foods, and finally chewing grown-ups food. He didn't say this, but I guess finding a job occurs in these 3 stages: 1) getting internship(s) 2) gaining expe ...more
Barry Davis
Apr 30, 2016 Barry Davis rated it it was amazing
this little book is also included at the back of “what color is your parachute” , is a 6o-some page single sitting reading that provides an overview of what bolles describes as the three levels of identifying and realizing what your life’s mission should be.

He is unapologetic about his christianity, yet open to share his feelings and findings with people of all faiths (or non-faiths), claiming that your life’s mission is inextricably connected to your view of god, etc., citing the synonyms of ca
I gave this 5 stars because of the sincerity I can read in the lines, the style of writing, the beautiful sketches, and, yes, the organization of the book. I love how Bolles summarizes the theme with 3 key points; the theme is expressed compactly, in such a way that the reader can expand upon it. Other authors have used many more pages in describing how to find meaning in life. This is now the 5th time I've read this book.

Do not expect to be given pages of concrete daily actions one can perform
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it
I was most moved by the part about angel's laughing at the way we seek big meaning in life while cursing in traffic and being bothered by petty things. Beyond that, I wasn't overly impressed by this brief little tome authored by the man who brings us the well-known "What Color is Your Parachute?" But it did offer some thoughts worth pondering. Bolles takes a decidedly Christian perspective and does as good a job as anyone at being something in that while coming across as completely accepting of ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Though from a Christian perspective, I found myself, as the author suggested, translating the material into my own symbol system. I found the message familiar and reassuring, yet not strongly personal or practical. This makes sense, given that the author is speaking to a broad audience. Roughly, these are part of the "how":

1. Remember God
2. The details matter
3. Develop your gifts
4. You'll remember or awake to your mission when the time is right, if you're attentive and making the right choices i
Feb 05, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure
I was looking for another book in the library and this one caught my eye. As long as you're open to reading things with a heavy religious tone, this is a very quick read with some deep insights about finding your path. If you're a strong Christian, this will resonate loudly with you. If you're Christian-phobic, you will probably put this down immediately. Beyond the religious dogma, the strongest message is the message of using faith, trust, and the desire to do service for others to find your m ...more
Mar 22, 2016 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I've read several of the books in the Parachute library from Richard Bolles. This one is distinguished from the others, in that this is a self consciously Christian book in orientation. Bolles suggestions that finding a life mission is a religious notion and urges us to not compartmentalize religion when doing our job searches. He says a mission consists of three parts (or three missions). First to live conscious of God through all of life. Second to make the world a better place. Third to use y ...more
Sep 22, 2012 KyneWynn rated it really liked it
A quick read with some interesting points. A couple of quotes from the book I especially liked: "Religion or faith is the hard reclaiming of knowledge we once knew as a certainty." and "As the stone does not always know what ripples it has caused in the pond whose surface it impacts, so neither we nor those who watch our life will always know what we have achieved by our life and by our Mission."

Definitely plenty of food for thought in this short read.
Nov 03, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
From the author of What Color is Your Parachute, this oh, so easy read primarily examines what everyone’s mission in life should be. It definitely looks at it from a Christian perspective, and atheist and agnostics may be put off by this. However, regardless of one’s religious viewpoint, or lack of one, the world could only benefit from each of us showing one another a little more kindness. Which, according to Mr. Bolles, should be our first, and I think, most important mission in life.
Jan 24, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
I received this as a gift from the Indiana Network for Higher Education Ministries. It was a thoughtful gift, but I didn't find the book to be particularly illuminating. I don't think that it is something I would want to give to my students, or to use with groups, but that may just be rooted in my own interfaith bent. This book is very overtly religious, and I would argue that it has a strong conservative lean. In addition there just isn't much content. A solid "Eh" all around.
Mar 03, 2016 Kayla rated it it was ok
I think i would need to read his other books in order to understand this one a little more. It felt very abstract. He tried to give advice based on his own view but would then retract that (almost apologetically) because he didn't want to offend anyone. It felt more like an introduction to the subject and less like a guide.
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Apr 24, 2014 Monika rated it did not like it
Quite unimpressed. Too much emphasis on religion...
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Jun 30, 2016 Leslie Jem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, spirituality
More of a spirituality than career advice, but still helpful...and definitely encouraging!
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